Pioneers Down Canisius, 4-1
Jan. 13, 2006
Buffalo, NY - Senior forward Peter Giatrelis (Hamden, CT) scored two goals and goalie Jason Smith (St. Lambert, QC0 made 19 saves to lead Sacred Heart to a 4-1 victory over Canisius Friday evening at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
The Pioneers (12-8-1, 9-6-1) built a 2-0 lead after one period. Drew Sanders (Modesto, CA) scored the game's first goal at 10:52 when Nick Kary (Wetaskiwin, AB) brought the puck up the right boards and slid a cross-ice pass to an uncovered Sanders on the left side of the crease. Sanders sent the puck into a wide-open left side of the net as Canisius goalie Dan Giffin couldn't recover from the cross-ice pass quickly enough.
Sacred Heart scored its second goal when Giatrelis put a shot over the left shoulder of Giffin after a pass from Kalen Wright (South Portland, ME).
Sacred Heart got its third goal at 2:51 of the second period when Giatrelis picked up a rebound and fired it into the right side of the net for his third goal of the season and second on the night.
The Pioneers added their fourth goal at 8:46 of the third period when Pierre-Luc O'Brien (Nicolet, QC) made a series of moves to get an open look at the net, and he shot the puck into the top left corner for his 12th goal of the campaign.
Griffs junior Jayime Harrington made the game 4-1 at 11:15 when senior defenseman Brandon Irish-Baker got the puck off a faceoff win by freshman Tommy Flikeid. Irish-Baker sent one in from the blue line but Harrington tipped it in to get the Griffs on the scoreboard.
Smith improved to 11-7-1 with the win while Giffin made 28 saves and fell to 1-7-0 on the season.
Canisius killed all four Sacred Heart power plays and now hasn't allowed a power play goal during the past five games and has killed the past 26 opportunities.The Blue and Gold lost for the ninth consecutive game, which is the longest losing streak since a school-record 10-game skid from Dec. 9, 1988 to Jan. 22, 1989.
The teams finish the weekend set, and their regular season series, Saturday evening at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.